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Judy Drew’s workshop will study the influence of Japanese Art on the Post Impressionists during the late 1800’s and how we, in turn, could be influenced by a bolder approach to composition and colour.

This figurative workshops will be looking at the fundamentals of drawing from a life model and the importance of observation. Tonal studies in charcoal will help develop an understanding of structure, tone and form and you will be encouraged to keenly observe the placement of features of the face and body. We will look at the scope which coloured Pastel can offer and how alternative layers of pastel and light sprays of fixative can result in a rich luscious surface. Working with a Still Life arrangement will consider what makes a strong composition and how to best create a bold, less traditional and perhaps more contemporary approach to the work. By referencing early works of figurative and still life artists of the Post Impressionist period, students will be offered an alternative viewpoint to consider in their approach to colour and composition.

Day One: CHARCOAL DRAWING FROM A LIFE MODEL

Day Two: PASTEL DRAWING FROM A LIFE MODEL

​Day Three: PASTEL CREATING A STILL LIFE

Judy Drew grew up in Melbourne, Australia. After studying Graphic Art at Prahran Art College she worked in that field for five years before leaving for Bougainville Island, While there Judy captured the Bougainville landscape and people in various mediums but settled on Pastel as her medium of choice.

Her interest in Pastel grew along with her passion for European figurative Art of the late 1800’s – in particular the French Post Impressionists. She studied the influence Japonism had on the works of Pastel artists such as Degas, Toulouse Lautrec and American Mary Cassatt.